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A Budtender Can Help Guide You Through These Questions

May 26, 2020 03:52 pm ET
A Budtender Can Help Guide You Through These Questions

When visiting a dispensary, there are many questions that consumers may have. However, many patients discover that despite a budtender being very knowledgeable about certain things, most of them are unable to answer all of your questions. As an individual on the front lines of the cannabis sector that often serves as the first point of education for patients, there are a few things that everybody budtender should know and be able to answer for consumers. Let’s take a closer look at some of the questions that your budtender should be able to answer.

The Basics

  • What is the difference between CBD and THC?
  • What is the difference between Indica and Sativa products/strains?

For first-time consumers and patients, some of the most common questions will pertain directly to the differences in products or strains. For this reason, budtenders should be able to answer questions regarding the basics. Things such as what’s the difference between THC and CBD, as well as the differences between indica and sativa strain characteristics, are among some of the general knowledge that everybody budtender should have.

Edibles Knowledge

  • How much should I take?
  • How long does it take to feel the effects?
  • How long do the effects last in general?

For many patients, before entering a medical cannabis dispensary, they have never consumed cannabis-infused edibles aside from maybe some pot brownies back in high school. For this reason, many patients will have questions surrounding the use of edibles. When it comes to your budtenders’ knowledge, they should be able to answer simple questions such as, what is a good dose is for beginners? They should also be able to answer questions such as what is the difference in the effects between edibles and other consumption methods? Knowledge surrounding aspects such as the timeframe edibles take to go into effect and how long they last should be something every budtender knows!

Terpenes

  • How do terpenes impact the effects of cannabis?
  • Are there certain terpenes that I should avoid during the day or at night?   

As more people are learning about the various aspects of how cannabis helps people on a medical level, the knowledge surrounding terpenes is growing, as are the questions from patients and consumers surrounding them. When it comes to terpenes in cannabis, it is a very complex subject; however, a budtender should have basic knowledge surrounding terpenes and be able to apply that knowledge to help patients make informed purchasing decisions.

Budtenders Will Have General Knowledge for Product Guidance

  • What product type would be best for my needs?
  • Are there certain cannabinoids or terpenes that I should look for to meet my specific needs?

When it comes to finding the right product for your specific needs, a budtender should be able to provide you with educated guidance in various areas. Depending on the particular issues you are looking to relieve a budtender should be able to provide you with informed product suggestions.

For example, if they know you are looking to treat pain in your lower back, they should be knowledgeable enough to let you know about topical cannabinoid products that can be explicitly used in the area of concern.

If you have insomnia your budtender will likely be knowledgeable enough to point you in the direction of a product that is high in THC as well as Indica dominant as they tend to provide the most relaxing effects for most consumers.

You Can Also Consult with a Cannabis Medical Professional

Unfortunately, many patients will visit a dispensary looking to find products to treat a specific ailment. In this situation, it becomes quite tricky for budtenders to provide solid suggestions. This is because cannabis affects everyone differently. Unlike Pharmaceuticals, there is not a set-in-stone recommendation for a specific strain for each ailment that applies to all patients.

While a potent Indica that is high in THC may work great for one individual’s chronic pain, another individual may need a strain that has a broader spectrum of cannabinoids to find the same relief from their chronic pain.

While budtenders are typically quite knowledgeable and can provide good suggestions, it is crucial to remember that they are simply suggestions and what works for one person may not have the same effect for someone else. For this reason, it is always best to speak to a medical professional that is diverse in their cannabis knowledge to gain recommendations. Many patients also rely on the testimonies of other patients to help them find what works for them so don’t be afraid to reach out to other cannabis patients to learn what has worked for them!

Personalized Cannabis Consultations

If you have questions that your budtender is unable to answer and you would like to speak with a world-class cannabis coach to get your questions answered, Veriheal is here to help. Learn more about how you can obtain a personalized cannabis consultation from the comfort of your own home here.

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